How Glow Can You Go?

How Glow Can You Go?

It’s nonstop neon at a 7-year-old’s high-flying birthday party

Who doesn’t want to see their name in lights? That’s exactly what Peyton got to do at the fun-packed party celebrating his seventh birthday. The custom neon sign bearing his name was one of the highlights of an event that was all his own bright idea.

“He wanted a ‘glow jump party,’ so the theme just evolved from there,” explains Peyton’s mother Geri Beth. “It has really been fun with him getting older to let him have a lot of say in the parties—from the theme and venue to even the party favors and the look of the cake.”

Peyton’s venue of choice for this occasion was High Heaven indoor trampoline park in Flowood. With help from event planner Kristen Blackard of Signature Occasions in Ridgeland, Geri Beth and her husband Allen made their little boy’s wildly colored wishes come true.

About 40 of Peyton’s young friends and their families joined the birthday boy for an afternoon of jumping. Blackard let the facility’s funky existing décor help steer her embellishments. “We really tried to incorporate the industrial graffiti feeling that High Heaven already had for the party areas,” says Blackard.

Guests were welcomed with a custom sign and balloons, along with a station where kids could splash glow paint onto personalized party T-shirts created by Signature Occasions. Because the Smiths rented the entire facility, there was plenty of room for both kids and parents to spread out and have fun. Blackard created a “glow lounge” for parents, featuring acrylic chairs and furniture that was illuminated by LED lights, all sourced from Fresh Cut Catering and Floral.

After lots of bouncing, the guests gathered around glowing tables to enjoy pizza from Soulshine Pizza Factory. The color- ful sweets station included a brightly colored three-tiered cake created by The Cake Diva in Jackson, along with glowing cotton candy—a “crowd favorite,” says Blackard— and colorful cake pops. Plates, cups, utensils and even ice cubes were all made from glow-in-the-dark materials, and tablecloths were neon orange.

“The children got to treat themselves to a ‘glow bar’ full of rings, necklaces, bracelets, glasses and even tambourines and fun foam bats,”

“The kids all seemed to really love that, and the parents enjoyed the glow lounge, where they could relax and enjoy the party too.” It was an ideal party for kids with abundant energy to let loose and literally let their lights shine, reflects Blackard. “We wanted to turn down the lights,” she says, “and to have the party just light up for the kids.”